Diana Horner

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Senior Lecturer ATB

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7083

Email: diana.horner@aut.ac.nz

Postal Address:
Department of Physiotherapy, A-11
School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand


MHSc (Hons), BHSc Physiotherapy (Hons)


Before moving to New Zealand in 1998, Diana was a Senior Physiotherapist at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, in the UK specialising in the management of persons with chronic heart and lung conditions including transplantation. Since joining AUT, she has had a number of leadership roles, including Programme Leader, representation of the School on Faculty Boards (Board of Studies and Examination Board), most recently the Chair of the Undergraduate Examination Board for the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences. Her teaching commitment (and great enjoyment) is across all years of the undergraduate curriculum for the BHSc (Physiotherapy) with a focus on the assessment and management of persons with cardio-vascular and respiratory conditions, and she has a particular interest in exercise-based rehabilitation and smoking cessation. 

The title of Diana's master’s thesis was “Health-related quality of life: comparison of properties in three questionnaires in a diverse population of persons with chronic heart failure”.  She was a member of the team that updated and initiated implementation of the current national guidelines on the management of heart failure.  

Within the wider community, Diana has had a variety of professional roles including Expert Advisor for the Health and Disciplinary Commissioner, Auditor for the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand, President of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Association of New Zealand, and Member of the Cardiac Care Advisory Committee at the National Heart Foundation.

Teaching Areas:

Year 1
  • Passport to Practise I
Year 2
  • Body Systems and Health Conditions in Physiotherapy Practice
  • Principles of Movement and Function I
  • Exercised-based Rehabilitation I
Year 3
  • Exercised-based Rehabilitation II
  • Managing Complexity in the Community Environment
Year 4
  • Research Project   

Research Areas:

  • Outcome measures
  • Exercise based rehabilitation for persons with chronic diseases


  • National Heart Foundation of New Zealand & Members of the NHF Heart Failure Guideline Group. (2009). New Zealand Guidelines for Heart Failure.  Auckland: National Heart Foundation of New Zealand.
  • Horner, D. (2009, 8th August). Exercise rehabilitation for persons with heart failure: 2009 updated guidelines. Paper presented at the Otago Exercise Programme Study Day, Harbour Health, North Shore, Auckland.
  • Horner, D. (2009, 21st August). Exercise rehabilitation for persons with heart failure: 2009 guidelines updated. Paper presented at the Expanding Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice Auckland City Hospital, Auckland.
  • Horner, D., & Poole, J. (2009, 12-14th June). Exercise rehabilitation for persons with stable chronic heart failure. Paper presented at The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand: New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, Wellington Conference Center.
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